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Madonna News - April 2006

Madonna – the highest earning entertainer

Unsurprisingly, pop queen Madonna tops our chart as the highest earning entertainer. Last year she made £35million, thanks to her best-selling album Confessions On A Dancefloor and sponsorship deals from Motorola.
Well, you need to keep the pennies rolling in when you spend £20,000 a time on diamond-encrusted false eyelashes.

Here’s Top 10 :
01 Madonna £35m
02 Elton John £30m
03 Sir Paul McCartney £25m
04 Rod Stewart £22m
05 Sting £20m
06 Sir Tom Jones £11m
07 Robbie Williams £9m
08 Kylie Minogue £7m
09 James Blunt £5m
10 Joss Stone £3m

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Confessions of a Tour

To plot what could be the top-grossing trek ever by a female artist, Madonna’s Confessions tour strategists had to navigate a global landscape in a narrow window of time.
Initial on-sales for Madonna’s outing, which starts May 21 in Los Angeles,saw quick sellouts with shows added in the United States and Europe for markets fortunate enough to snag dates.
The tour is produced worldwide by Arthur Fogel, president of TNA International, Live Nation’s global touring arm. (Madonna will also perform April 30 at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif.)
Following the model of the $125 million Re-Invention tour in 2004 and the $75 million Drowned World tour in 2001, both also produced by TNA, Confessions will play a limited number of performances – up to 60 – rather than visit 100 global markets a la U2’s Vertigo tour.
Despite the short schedule, with a gross potential in the $200 million range, Madonna’s closest rival in terms of the top gross ever for a female artist would be fellow icon Cher, whose never-ending farewell tour grossed $192.5 million from an endurance-testing 273 shows between June 2002 and April 2005.
Put simply, fans often must come to Madonna rather than she to them. And come they will: In the first four days of ticket sales, she sold out four shows in Paris, seven in London, two in Amsterdam and five at New York’s Madison Square Garden, as well as doubles in Los Angeles, Montreal, Miami, Chicago and Fresno, Calif.
There has apparently been no ‘sticker shock’ from fans to ticket prices that top out at $385. ‘Our rationale was to keep the prices consistent with the last tour,’ says Guy Oseary, who co-manages Madonna with Angela Becker. ‘I’ve never heard a complaint that people didn’t get their money’s worth from a Madonna show.’
TNA’s track record with Madonna was a major factor in the company nailing down the global promotional rights for the tour. ‘There’s no question that our prior history with Arthur Fogel and TNA have inspired us to continue the winning team,’ Becker says.
Fogel and his team began laying out the tour last fall while still deeply entrenched in their role as worldwide producers of U2’s massive Vertigo tour. All TNA decisions are made based on parameters set forth by Madonna.
‘The ‘when’ is certainly her call,’ Fogel says. ‘If you look at the last two tours and this one, the time frame is pretty consistent, late May through early September. That’s the time that works for her.’
It turns out the values of the once self-described Material Girl may have changed. ‘Madonna’s family commitments are a priority,’ Becker says. ‘Her children’s school schedules needed to be factored into the tour plans.’
Once the commitment for the time period is in place, ‘we [submit] ideas of where we might go and go back and forth any number of times while the process of the routing evolves,’ Fogel explains.
With a limited time frame and workload, the idea is first to maximize draw and revenue, and second to hit markets Madonna may have missed on previous tours.
For Confessions, Madonna will play Fresno; Phoenix; Atlantic City, N.J.; and Montreal, but skip East Rutherford, N.J.; Toronto; Worcester, Mass.; and Atlanta.
‘We basically traded a few markets we didn’t play last time, if ever, for markets we did play last time,’ Fogel says.
The best an arena manager can do to secure a date is try to stay in the loop and hope for the best. After previously reeling in tour stops for Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones and U2, the new Charlotte (N.C.) Arena was on the TNA radar but could not nail down a Madonna date. ‘We certainly would love to host her, and we told TNA that, but ultimately in terms of how they route it, that’s TNA’s call,’ arena GM Marty Bechtold says.
In Canada, Toronto lost out to Montreal this time around. TNA VP Gerry Barad ‘was upfront with me from the beginning,’ says Patti-Ann Tarlton, director of event programming at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre. ‘We did hold dates for a minute, but Madonna goes where Madonna wants to go, and I have to respect that.’
Conversely, the SMG-managed Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall, with a capacity of 12,800, was able to capture a first-ever Madonna date. ‘We took a shot at it, we made the numbers work and it paid off for us,’ says Greg Tessone, the venue’s assistant GM. ‘Being the smallest venue on the tour, I’m thrilled to have it.’
In Europe, Madonna will play several stadiums, following a trend of acts like U2 and Bon Jovi of playing arenas in North America and stadiums in Europe. This time, Madonna opts for U.K. venue Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, and eschews the Manchester (England) Evening News Arena. Japan’s dates in Osaka and Tokyo will follow Europe in mid-September.
Madonna says, ‘This summer, I’m going to make the world my own private disco.’ Becker adds that the tour has a mission statement: ‘The soul objective of the Confessions tour is to get the audience up on their feet from the start of the show until the end of the last song,’ she says. ‘No resting allowed!’
source : monstersandcritics

Madonna takes all in rockonomics

As Madonna fans in the UK know to their cost, tickets for rock and pop concerts keep getting more expensive.
The price of a seat for the London gigs in the singer’s forthcoming Confessions On A Dancefloor tour ranges from a

Fans set up camp for Madonna tickets

Dozens of die-hard Madonna fans today braved miserable conditions to snap up the first tickets to see the Queen of Pop’s Millennium Stadium concert.
Fans camped for hours outside the Ticketline office, in Westgate Street, and Cardiff International Arena on chairs and in sleeping bags to make sure they got their ticket to see the superstar.
The singer is expected to perform to more than 60,000 fans at the Millennium Stadium on Sunday, July 30 – one of only two venues on the UK leg of her Confessions World Tour.
It will be the first time she has ever played in Wales, with tickets for the concert selling for between £55 and £150.
Mother-of-two Rhiannadd James, 33, from Trowbridge, had camped outside Ticketline since 8pm yesterday to make sure she was first in the queue to snap up a ticket.
She said: ‘I’ve been a Madonna fan since I first saw her on Top of the Pops when I was a kid.
‘This will be the first time I’ll have seen her in concert and I’m very excited. She’s just phenomenal.’
Zoe Carlyon, 28, of Salisbury Road, Cathays, who joined the queue at midnight, said: ‘I’ve been obsessed with Madonna since I first saw her on Top of the Pops when I was five-years-old.
Dafydd Mott, 31, an antiques dealer from Constellation Street, Adamsdown, had been queuing since 2.30am today to get tickets for him and his wife.
He said: ‘I’m under orders from the wife to get the tickets. Madonna has a talent for reinventing herself and her music has changed with the times.’
Meanwhile Mark Collings, 26, from Nantgarw Road, Caerphilly, Sion Thomas, 19, from the Graig, Pontypridd, and Steven Edwards, 19, Llanbradach, arrived at the Cardiff International Arena at 5pm yesterday to make sure they were first in the queue to buy tickets.
Mr Collings said: ‘Madonna is just amazing. All this rubbish about tickets being too expensive is a nonsense because you know what you’re going to get, which is just an amazing event.’
source : icnetwork

Winners take all in rockonomics

As Madonna fans in the UK know to their cost, tickets for rock and pop concerts keep getting more expensive.
The price of a seat for the London gigs in the singer’s forthcoming Confessions On A Dancefloor tour ranges from £80 to £160, with an additional £13 booking fee.
Judging from e-mails received by the BBC News website, there are plenty of people who are prepared to pay. For every person denouncing the ticket costs as an “outrage”, there is a fan who feels the show is “worth every penny”.
Of course, veteran Madonna-watchers will be used to such high prices by now.
It’s been just two years since her Re-Invention tour, which saw UK tickets selling for up to £150 and grossed $125m (£71m) worldwide – more than any other star’s concerts that year.
In fact, Madonna is one of the key beneficiaries of some powerful economic forces that have re-shaped the world of live music – for better or for worse.
Since the start of the 1980s, the superstar effect has become more pronounced in rock and pop, with a small number of performers taking an ever larger share of the spoils.
Research into the market in the US, where the trend started, has found that in 1982, the top 1% of artists received 26% of concert revenue. By 2003, that figure had gone up to 56%.
source : bbc

Mad about Madonna

We make fun of her age, religion, politics, workout ethic and even that mysterious English accent of hers. But when-ever Madonna tickets go on sale, they disappear faster than diet pills at a Lindsay Lohan look-alike contest.
On April 10 at 10 a.m., tickets went on sale for two shows at Madison Square Garden in Maddy’s upcoming “Confessions on a Dance Floor” tour. Ten minutes later, all 40,000 ducats disappeared. That prompted the announcement of two more shows, whose tickets vanished just as briskly.
Tomorrow at 10 a.m., tickets to a fifth, and perhaps final, Garden date go on sale (for a show to be given July 18).
Whaddya think is going to happen?
Which only begs the question: Why do people all keep rushing into the clutches of Madonna’s live shows while pretending to be utterly aloof?
Of course, it wouldn’t be the first time humans have displayed a contradictory tussle between lust and contempt. Here are the more specific reasons for our behavior.

We actually like the music. (Remember that?)
Especially for this tour. Conceived as a nonstop ode to club culture, the “Confessions” tour promises to bring Madonna back to her early dance scene days, reminding us of why we loved her in the first place. While cultural windbags may concentrate on her persona – and pretensions – fans know that Madonna has put out more great dance records than any pop star in the last 20 years. Except, of course, for the Pet Shop Boys.

Her Tuors Rock!!! (even when they’re really self-important.)
Yes, Madonna’s shows always go for some Grand Statements, none of which have quite connected, or achieved coherence, since her peak tour (1990’s “Blonde Ambition”). But despite the riot of information and “messages” she infuses every show with, her core production always looks smashing. And her choreography never descends into the Vegas tackiness of some other female pop stars we won’t stoop to mention. (Okay: Janet Jackson). Better, on Madonna’s last road show, 2004’s “Re-Invention Tour,” she proved how much stronger her vocals have become over the years. At this point, not only can we dance to her music, she can sing it too.

We want to see if the ol’ gal can still do it.
As she approaches 50 (well, 48), it’s a bigger and bigger dare for Madge to do the kind of nose-bleed headstands, body-bisecting leg splits and yoga-inspired pretzel twists we expect from her – and that she ruthlessly demands of herself. Madonna’s insistence on keeping such a dizzying level of physical engagement at her shows means she’s now defying age in the same way she once did sexual taboos. And that desire has a cultural resonance: As our whole boomer-defined culture grays, we all have a stake in Madonna’s mission to hold back the clock.

We’re fascinated by her continues need to whip up such an insane amount of attention around herself.
Madonna’s greed for recognition has always drawn a crowd. That her need hasn’t abated after more than 20 years in the punishing media light only underscores the “me-me-me-ness”of it all. Which speaks to the inner egoist in us all.

source : nydailynews

Madonna on Billboard – Update

Hot 200 Albums :
102 (82) Madonna – Confessions On A Dancefloor

Billboard Comprehensive Albums :
105 (83) Madonna – Confessions On A Dancefloor

Hot 100 Singles Sales :
03 (06) Madonna – Sorry
14 (14) Madonna – Hung Up

Pop 100 :
80 (79) Madonna – Hung Up
82 (76) Madonna – Sorry

Hot Dance Music/Club Play :
22 (15) Madonna – Sorry

Dance Radio Airplay :
07 (05) Madonna – Sorry

Hot Dance Singles Sales :
03 (03) Madonna – Sorry
05 (04) Madonna – Hung Up

European Top 100 Albums :
07 (07) Madonna – Confessions On A Dancefloor

European Top 100 Singles :
13 (13) Madonna – Sorry
49 (46) Madonna – Hung Up

European Digital Tracks :
14 (12) Madonna – Sorry (Album Version)

Madonna performance throws a loop at Coachella

Imagine if Elvis had decided to make a pit stop at Woodstock.
It’s perhaps the best way to put into perspective the hotly anticipated performance by Madonna perhaps one of the most famous faces on the planet at this year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., a three-day musical extravaganza best known for its lineup of indie-rock bands and dance-oriented DJs.
Outside of Madonna, the biggest acts on the bill are Depeche Mode and Tool though successful, hardly on the superstar pop level of Madonna. Others include the punk rockers Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the Orthodox Jewish reggae singer Matisyahu and the electronica dance duo Daft Punk.
Certainly Madonna’s appeal is universal and organizers are pleased as punch to have there. She brings with her, however, a magnetic megastar effect some will want to see her simply out of curiosity.
“Coachella this year is going to be known as the Madonna festival,” joked Tom Smith, lead singer of Editors, an up-and-coming rock foursome hailing from Birmingham, England. ‘”Good on her’ I say.”
Others are mystified she’s there at all.
“Madonna’s a pretty mainstream artist … I’d expect a bigger alternative kind of artist,” said Chris Ross of the emerging rock group Wolfmother. “It’s kind of interesting.”
Coachella’s website message board heated up when Madonna announced she would play the festival, prompting some unseemly posts like “I hope Madonna chokes on a crumpet.”
Some fear a logjam of humanity at the smaller stage where she’s set to appear the Sahara dance tent, catering to an audience and a feel more in line with the her recent works rooted in the same electronica genre.
How exactly did The Madonna Factor come into play? Paul Tollette, co-founder of Goldenvoice, the company that puts on Coachella, said he was still looking for a big name for the popular dance tent and they started considering one of the biggest names of them all.
“We didn’t have anyone for the second night. We got to talking and we said, ‘What do you think about Madonna?'” Tollette recalled. A few phone calls and mutual friends later and Madonna was a go for Coachella (Madonna declined to be interviewed for this article).
Tollette acknowledged that adding Madonna to the bill has presented some logistical challenges more people craning their neck to see her. To address that, he’s put in place some spatial changes at the Sahara tent to accommodate more people more than the thousands that usually fit inside.
To maintain the integrity of that plan, Tollette chose not to elaborate on those changes, but he’s well aware the magnitude of Madonna commands full attention.
“There will be some people here specifically for her,” Tollette said, adding the caveat “They’ll be overwhelmed by Coachella people.” (It’s worth noting that he drew a distinction between the two camps).
There are no main stage acts going on at the same time as Madonna, but there are some acts on smaller stages during her set. Tollette predicts that there will be plenty of people taking in those other acts while Madonna does her thing.
Is Madonna the biggest act to ever hit the stage at Coachella?
“That depends on your definition of big,” Tollette said. “She’s probably sold more records than anyone we’ve had at Coachella.”
Tollette admits many people can’t understand why Madonna whose summer tour this year is perhaps the most anticipated would play there.
But Tollette added: “She knows a lot of the DJs that have played the Sahara tent, so this isn’t anything new for her.”
World renown DJ Paul Oakenfold plays on the same night as Madonna in the dance tent. They’re friends, have toured together, and Oakenfold has done several well-received remixes of Madonna’s songs.
He said Madonna likely could have requested to play on a big stage at Coachella, but wisely choose to stick with the electronica-themed “Sahara” tent.
“That’s an incredible boost for the electronic scene,” Oakenfold said. “To choose the less is more. It’s a smaller situation, but it’s going to be unbelievable.”
“I think this is extremely cutting edge for an artist of that pedigree,” he added. “It’s going to draw a lot of attention to that tent.”
source : ap

3rd Madonna Concert in Boston

Middle age and motherhood are treating Madonna awfully well: She’s just added a third Boston date to her upcoming Confessions Tour. The additional show is July 10 at the TD Banknorth Garden. Tickets, $55-$350, go on sale Monday at 10 a.m. at Ticketmaster outlets, and 617-931-2000. Her other Boston shows, July 6 and 9, also at the Garden, are sold out.
source : bostonherald

Madonna nominated for 2 Amadeus Awards

Madonna is nominated for International Album Of The Year (“Confessions On A Dance Floor”) and International Single Of The Year (“Hung Up”) on Austrian Amadeus Music Awards. Show will be broadcasted on May 25th on ORF1.
source : hafo / madonnanation